“A calm, quiet bolthole in the heart of the charmingly chaotic Old Quarter”
Rooms are attractively decorated with chic Asian design details: mirrors with a wooden lattice either side of the bed, a black and white landscape mural on one wall and a neutral feature wallpaper on another. There are mahogany desks, padded bedheads, white duvets pepped up by silk cushions, and laminate floors.
The 42 rooms fall into 4 categories: Classic, Superior and Deluxe rooms and Junior Suites. Spread over 7 floors, the rooms are all 20 sq.m - the difference is the amount of natural light you get, and the view. The Junior Suites are bigger, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors overlooking the street; 501 and 601 have balconies so these would be our top choice. 501's has a table and chairs.
At the other end of the scale, Classic rooms have a small internal window, which means that the rooms are dark and your lights have to be switched on at all times. It’s worth paying extra for a Superior or Deluxe if you can. However, all rooms are kitted out with mod cons, regardless of the category you choose: WiFi, iPod docks, satellite TV and air con.
Shower bathrooms vary in size (some are only big enough for 1 person to stand in at a time) but all have own-brand toiletries and bathrobes. Four of the Junior Suites (201, 301, 401, 501) have baths as well as showers.
Breakfast is included in the room rate, and eaten in the long, thin, ground-floor Yen Restaurant. It’s an adequate buffet-style affair that offers something for everyone: cornflakes, toast, an English cooked breakfast, cold ham, fruit and croissants. There's a traditional Vietnamese option of beef noodle soup, rice and vegetables.
Yen is also open for lunch and dinner, although during our stay we didn’t see anyone eating here at either mealtime. There are set menus or à la carte options. At lunch the focus is on Vietnamese dishes; dinner is more international with club sandwiches, pasta, burgers and fish on the menu.
The Old Quarter has plenty of restaurants within walking distance and staff will happily give recommendations. We liked Madame Hien, tucked away on quiet Chan Cam Street. It has a pretty outdoor courtyard with lights and lanterns hanging from the trees, and tiled mosaic tables. You can watch the chefs preparing the handmade spring rolls and rice pancakes.
Children of all ages are welcome. The hotel can provide cots for babies and rollaway beds for older children. A child up to the age of 6 sharing a bed with their parents is free of charge, with a free breakfast. 7-11 year olds are charged 50% of the standard breakfast charge if sharing their parents' bed. 12+ year olds must sleep in a rollaway bed, which has a supplement charge.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
All room types can fit 1 child if sharing parents' bed. The Junior Suites can fit 1-2 baby cots or rollaway beds
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking